It’s very possible that our 20 year-old French defender Massaido Haidara will be in the squad that travels to Lisbon on Tuesday, to prepare for their Europa League quarter-final first leg tie against Benfica.
Massadio Haidara – in pain just two weeks ago at Wigan
The French full-back was injured by Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman’s terrible tackle, and it was thought initially that Massadio could be out as long as nine months, if he had badly damaged his knee ligaments.
But the 20 year-old could even be starting at left back in Lisbon, with the returning 21 year-old Davide Santon likely to move over to right back.
Massadio’s return will give a lift to both the Newcastle squad and the Newcastle fans, after we were hammered 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is still on the mend and it’s thought the Argentine will be out another two weeks, and Ben Arfa will be returning to Newcastle later this week, as his hamstring seems to have improved a lot over the last couple of weeks.
And if Newcastle are to do well in our remaining games, it will need players like Fabricio and Hatem back in the side.
Newcastle will play Benfica on Thursday night, and then Fulham at home on Sunday, and the Cottagers will be without Steve Sidwell, who was sent off in the second half last night in their 3-2 win over second bottom side QPR,
But that puts Fulham 6 points ahead of Newcastle, with a game in hand.
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